3 countries vie for 2019 Pacific Games hosting

President Vidhya Lakhan and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Minogue (Photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-August 1, 1.38pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Three countries have expressed their interest to host the 2019 Pacific Games.

The three are Guam, Samoa and Tahito or French Polynesia.

Pacific Games Council Chief Executive Officer Andrew Minogue confirmed this today, following the  July 31 deadline which ended yesterday.

The new host will replace Tonga, who pulled out two months ago.

“The PGC is delighted with this response and thanks the three PGAs for stepping forward with their intention to host the 2019 Pacific Games and delivering a strong vote of confidence in the importance of the Games and the benefits of hosting them,” Minogue said in a media statement.

“The three expressions of interest contain varying levels of detail as well as varying levels of financial commitments from their respective governments.  As such, the PGC Executive Board will fully assess the expression of interest documents, conduct site visits where appropriate, before recommending an alternative host by the end of August or early September.”


Meanwhile, the PG Council is suing Tonga for damages to the Games Brand in pulling out of the Host Agreement signed five years ago.

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